Dear Fellow Chowhounds,
I would like to thank you all for the wonderful food suggestions. We had an absolutely great week eating our way through Phily. What we were most impressed with were all the BYO places that were fantastic and unbelievably reasonable compared to places like NYC and Boston. I have given a brief synopsis of the restaurants we ate at and my reviews.
Dmitris-We ate here the first night. It was very rushed and cramped. Mussel appetizer we had was good but octopus was chewy. Heirloom tomatoe salad was very good. For main courses, salmon was good but scallops tasted like a fake grill. It is a perfect neighborhood place and for $50.00 for three people; it could not be beat.
Django- What a find!!! The cheese plate was out of this world. Six cheeses to a plate along with nuts, figs. Unbelievable. The appetizers and main courses were excellent but I cannot remember all the details We would have eaten here another night if we could have gotten in.
Morimoto-Certain things bothered us-fallic light in the middle was annoying as hard to share dishes; wine glasses were inappropriate especially since we are spending well over $100 for a bottle of wine. The food was very good and the tuna wasabi pizza was excellent. Also enjoyed the sake cosmopolitan. Service was flawless but it should be as dinner was close to $400.00 for two people. Hard to justify the cost especially since we had an outrageous meal at Django for $78.00.
Radicchio Cafe-Jason at Striped Bass; another foodie we met raved about this place. No reservations and it is a BYO. Menu is italian but their specialty is whole fish which they bring to your table ($20.00; a real bargain). Fish was delicious. This is a very loud restaurant but enjoyed it more than Dmitris.
Brasserie Perrier-We had lunch here for a prix fixe of $26.00. Took grandma here and she is still talking about the restaurant. The steak frittes was excellent and again the service was flawless.
Buddakan-We were scheduled to eat here for dinner, but stopped in for appetizers. After the appetizers, I cancelled my reservations for dinner. It was a scene which we like; but the food reminded me of China Grill in NYC. In fact, the bartender told us that the chef of China Grill is at Buddakan and that is what the menu was devised from. Very mediocre. We had a tuna wasabi pizza on a flatbread and dumplings that were fair at best.This was the only restaurant in Philly that had attitude. Wine list was so so.
Striped Bass-We had lunch here for a prix fixe of $26.00 and it is a bargain. At the end of lunch, we were sent desserts wine by the sommelier. Fish was done perfectly. Only negative is that they ran out of an appetizer we wanted at 1:30. This was definitely the friendliest staff of any restaurant in Philly. We had drinks and desserts here several times during our stay. Our daughter voted their chocolate cake the best in town. The first time we walked in, the bartender gave my daughter a cookie plate at no charge. Each time we were at the bar, we were never charged for non alcoholic drinks. Additionally, the sommelier is the best and most knowledgeable in town.
Tre Scalini-What a gem!! The mushroom and proscuitto appetizer was outstanding. Couldn't eat much as had a big lunch, so we went back a second time. Very lucky to get in but we shared our wine with the owner. They made us feel like family.
Pif-Nice experience; though food was a little uneven. Escargot was delicious along with my main course of avocado and crabmeat. My husband's main course which the waiter suggested of stuffed chicken was mediocre at best. The chicken was a leg instead of a breast.
For the same money, Django is the better choice.
Fork-Had lunch here. Food was creative and imaginative. Go, if you haven't been.
Devon-Had lunch here. Ceasar salad was fair; however the crabcakes were unbelievable. No filler and all crabmeat. My husband who is from Baltimore said that they were the best he had. Nice spot as loverlooked Rittenhouse Square.
Would have loved to try Nan and Vetri but both were closed during our stay due to vacations. Can hardly wait to return.
If anyone ever comes to Boston, please let me know as we have some great restaurants; unfortunately all more expensive and none are BYO's. You are all very lucky to live in such a great food city.
Thanks again for making our week so wonderful!!!!